I still live in the same house that I lived my childhood in–and may have even been conceived in :o . Understand that this is partly by choice–it is my home. And that is very important to me.
Anyways, as I’ve said many times before, I had a wonderful mother. And she was a very intelligent and skilled person as well. She finished our upstairs attic almost completely by herself–over thirty years ago now, in fact. (She used to tell me about the insulting remarks and insinuations the people would make at places she’d buy the supplies at. They couldn’t believe a woman could or would be able to do such a task.)
Now, we do not have a traditional colonial house. Our attic space is very cramped (although ironically, it also serves as a spare bedroom). The roof slants off to each side, with a ceiling of average height in the center of the attic. On one side of the attic, my mother paneled of the space and then created an opening with a small door–as a storage room. The other area, however, was closed off for good–and for all eternity as far as mother was concerned. She didn’t think we needed the extra space.
Now, tragically, my mother died a few yrs. ago. And my father and I are coping–usu. well, but sometimes just so-so. But for some reason, we seem to be inundated with all sorts of clutter. So…
We decided to open up the space. All my childhood I wondered what could be up there. The former owners are actually the ones who partially sealed it off. Who knows what they may have left there. When I asked my father as a child he just laughed and said: “Hangers!” Lots, and lots of coat hangers.
Well, is anyone else curious what I found up there (probably not, I know, but indulge me)?
There were lots of hangers (no surprise)! But they were all in mint condition. I always assumed they’d rust into oblivion. But apparently, lack of ventillation is sometimes a good thing for these items. There was an old advertisement circular–my father got a kick out of that two. A pack of men’s underwear sold for less than 50 cents! No definite date on the circular though. There was a wooden back piece to a real old radio (no radio though). A box full of shredded news paper. And another one that apparently once held a plastic drop cloth.
Sadly, despite my best hopes, there was no money or anything else of actual value. But something struck me as unique. There was alot of black soot up there. I’ll bet it all harkened back to when they had coal-burning furnaces.
For some strange reason this all amuses and facinates me–that this area remained untouched by time for so long. Oh, well.
Tah tah, for now .